It's about 15 degrees here today and snowing, so it's a perfect time to hang up my new wall hanging for the first time. Yes, I actually made a quilt that I am going to keep, and I finished a UFO that I think I started in the 90s. This quilt is from the Country Threads book, "Wear Warm Clothes", and is an abbreviated version of the one shown in the book because I had to make it fit in a certain spot in my home.
When I started this quilt, I enthusiastically made all of the applique blocks and then faltered when it came time to piece the cabin, the boots, the trees, the mugs, and the snowman. This month I made myself piece them and used Bonnie Hunter's "Leaders and Enders" technique to make it possible to string piece all of them. At the same time, I pieced several blocks of a new scrap quilt I'm making for my nephew from Bonnie's Star Struck pattern. I know it saved a bunch of thread, and it helped me enjoy the piecing more since I didn't have to stop and start so much.